U is for Updike? No. I have never liked the work of Updike. Actually, I have never managed to finish one novel by him.
T is for Mark Twain. Or T is for Henry David Thoreau. I can’t decide.
S is for … I don’t know. John Steinbeck, Gertrude Stein, Jacques Servin, Rebecca Solnit, Gilbert Sorrentino?
R is for Ishmael Reed. For his crazy and funny novels.
Should I pass on Q? I’m afraid so.
P is for Thomas Pynchon. Pynchon before Old Ez, Ezra Pound, and before Edgar Allan Poe. Gravity’s Rainbow: my favorite novel of all times.
O is for Charles Olson. He might have been a scatterbrain, poetically his vision coheres.
N. I have to pass on N. No, I do not like Nabokov.
M is for Herman Melville. Definite. Ben Marcus and David Markson have to take a seat in the second row.